In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.
Students commencing this course in 2021 and 2022 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for this course. Applicants will be eligible for admission only if they are able to demonstrate they are physically present in Australia on the date specified in the offer made to them by the University.
About this course
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has a long tradition of producing singers of exceptional quality for concert and opera stages in Australia and worldwide. Your development as a singer and performer will be mentored and supported to reach your potential by teaching staff who are internationally experienced active performers, teachers and researchers.
At both an undergraduate and graduate level your focus will be on thorough technical and stylistic preparation for imaginative and engaged performance. Interpretative skills are supported by expert tuition in lyric diction as well as separate language classes.
For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.
Semester 1 (March)
Semester 1 (March)
The course provides excellent training in the four key areas of opera voice and performance, opera repertoire, opera diction/language and stage skills.
Each of these is drawn together in two staged, orchestrally-accompanied performances of operas per year, providing students with experience at a professional level which helps to equip them to enter the profession.
Entry is by audition, which is held at the Conservatorium. If you are unable to attend in person, you may upload a video audition in the audition application.
Please follow the specific audition requirements in the downloadable PDF, located on the right side of the Conservatorium's admission website.
To qualify for the award of the Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera Production) a candidate must complete 48 credit points of prescribed core units of study.
Applicants who do not have a recognised tertiary award but who demonstrate an equivalent musical ability and maturity at the audition and interview, and who can show considerable performing experience may be admitted.
Admission to the Graduate Diploma requires:
(a) a bachelor’s degree of higher award from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification, in an appropriate discipline as determined by the School; or
(b) a graduate certificate from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification, in an appropriate discipline as determined by the School; or
(c) completion of the requirements of an embedded graduate certificate in an appropriate discipline, as determined by the School, from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification; or
(d) in exceptional circumstances the Head of School and Dean may admit applicants without these qualifications but whose evidence of experience and achievement is deemed by the Head of School and Dean to be equivalent, and
(e) successful completion of an audition and an interview.
The Opera Studies program will help you to develop the personal attributes needed for a career in performance, teaching or other fields such as: